SOARING SALES AT VANCOUVER’S INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES IS ONE OF THE PANDEMIC’S GOOD-NEWS STORIES

Books offer refuge after hours in front of screens, one owner says

When the pandemic got underway last year, Pulp Fiction bookstore owner Chris Brayshaw braced for the worst.

But it turned out that 2020 quickly became the Vancouver store’s best year in its 21 years of business.

“Our sales went really, really sharply up,” Brayshaw said.

“We pivoted from thinking that everybody would be staying at home to adding staff, adding an additional location and keeping up with demand.”

‘Quiet, private space’

Brayshaw is one of several independent bookstore owners in Vancouver who say the pandemic has driven a rush of sales.

Customers tell him that books offer a refuge from the screens they’re bombarded with all day long, he said.

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